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


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

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party says the call by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen.Theophilus Danjuma(retd.), that Nigerians should defend themselves against killers is a testimony of the “tragic situation which the  Muhammadu Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress have dragged the nation into.”

Danjuma had, on Saturday at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, told Nigerians to defend themselves against killers, saying the Nigerian Armed Forces were not ready to defend them.


 
He had said, “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state (Taraba) and of course, some rural states in Nigeria, we must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise up. Our armed forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians… If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will all die one by one.”

The PDP spoke in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, just as the Federal Government said Danjuma’s statement was an invitation to anarchy.

The opposition party said Danjuma’s statement had justified its stand that the Buhari Presidency and the APC must be held responsible for the agonising state of the nation.

It added that Nigerians were daily suffering because of the alleged failures of “a grossly incompetent leadership and a deceitful ruling party.”

The PDP said the statement coming from an army general, a former Chief of Army Staff and a former defence minister of Danjuma’s status was weighty and “directly reflects the ugly situation in the country under the APC.”

Ologbondiyan said the fact that communities were resorting to self-defence was a clear demonstration that Nigerians across board “have completely lost confidence in President Buhari and the APC.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Federal Government on Sunday vowed to deal with any persons or groups attempting to trivialise or politicise security issues for politically motivated ends, saying that security agencies would not hesitate to deal with such characters.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, who said this during a press conference in Lagos, also revised upwards the number of kidnapped and freed Dapchi schoolgirls.


 
Insisting that the government neither paid ransom nor engaged in a prisoner swap, the minister  disclosed that 107 persons, comprising 105 Dapchi schoolgirls and two non-students were released by the insurgents.

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

“Also kidnapped were two other persons, who are not students of the college. They include a primary schoolboy who came to the school to sell pure (satchet) water and another primary schoolgirl. That brings the total number of abducted persons on that day to 113. Six Dapchi schoolgirls are yet unaccounted for. All efforts will be made to secure their release.”

He added that the insurgents brought the girls back to the location of the kidnapping themselves, following efforts by the government to find long-lasting solutions to the conflict.

The minister further said the insurgents were not attacked when they returned the girls to Dapchi because the government had been in cessation-of-hostility talks with them for some time.

“The talks helped to secure the release of the police officers’ wives and the University of Maiduguri lecturers recently. And the talks did not stop thereafter.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, Jones Onyereri, says the House is currently working at amending the Act establishing the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

He said the proposed amendment would further empower AMCON to go after its debtors especially those taking advantage of the loopholes in the Act to perpetually engage the agency in court.

Onyereri made the disclosure in Abuja during a one-day technical session, the agency said in a statement on Sunday,


 
The session had in attendance stakeholders including the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Insurance Deposit Corporation, members of the House Committee on Banking and Currency; and AMCON’s management.

The committee listened to presentations from the representatives of the CBN, NDIC and legal luminaries among others on how AMCON could function optimally as well as meet its mandate before sunset.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, who  described his assignment at the corporation as “very difficult,”, said there was a need to change the agency’s recovery approach with the backing of the National Assembly.

He said this was essential as the remaining crop of AMCON debtors were defiant, recalcitrant and business heavyweights, who have the financial wherewithal to repay their debts but refused to pay.

Kuru said, “We have been doing this for the past seven years and we have realised that what we need now at this time in the life of AMCON is legislative help that would make it possible to recover these debts effectively and efficiently. “At AMCON, we believe that the Act establishing the corporation can be amended as many times as possible by the National Assembly as long as they think it is appropriate to do so in the interest of the Nigerian economy.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
AN 18-year-old student of the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Collins Ojeriakhi, who was killed by a gang of armed men, suspected to be herdsmen in the Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State, has been buried.

This was as the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, said that one person had been arrested in connection with the killing.


 
Kokumo also stated that investigation was ongoing to identify and arrest other members of the killer gang.

Ojeriakhi and two other persons, including a minor, had been reportedly shot dead by the armed men in Ugboha on March 16.

Several other people were also said to have been injured during the attack.

 The late Ojeriakhi, a first year student of Banking and Finance at the AAU, was said to be on his way from Uromi on a motorcycle when the assailants opened fire on him.

It was learnt that the youngest of the victims was returning from Lagos along with his mother and sibling on a motorcycle when he was shot.

 It was also learnt that he later died in his mother’s arms after efforts to save his life proved abortive.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who condemned the killings, had also ordered the arrest of the culprits within seven days.

However, family members and sympathisers wept as the body of the late undergraduate was interred in his father’s compound located in Oyomon Quarters, Ineme-Ugboha, at about 5pm on Wednesday.


 
It was gathered that the burial was witnessed by some security agents, members of the Students’ Union Government from AAU and classmates of the deceased.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Taraba State Vice-Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle John Aina, on Sunday confirmed the death of the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh, in a motor accident along the Zing-Yola Road.

Ubeh died in the early hours of Sunday while on his way to Yola for an official engagement.


 
An eyewitness who was travelling with the CAN Chairman, Rev. Peter Gambo, told our correspondent that the incident happened when they parked to buy some items in Zing town on their way to Yola, Adamawa State.

Gambo, who is the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, explained that he (Gambo) was not feeling fine and that when they got to Zing, they parked for him to get some drugs when the accident happened.

“We parked to buy drugs and the  CAN chairman too came out and stood at the back of our vehicle (a Toyota Hilux van) we were travelling in when suddenly a truck came from behind and crushed him.

“I am still in shock over the incident, but I have come to terms with the fact that God knows best,” he said.

Gambo said Governor Darius Ishaku immediately sent a  delegation to Zing who helped him to evacuate the corpse to Jalingo. The corpse, he added, had been deposited in the morgue of the state Specialist Hospital.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The embattled lawmaker representing the Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and several global bodies over what he described as a threat to his life. In the separate petitions, copies of which were obtained by our correspondent on Sunday, Melaye alleged that there was [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka Some members of the new executive council and other appointees in Anambra State have expressed fear over the invitation of the acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to a retreat organised for them by the state government. It was gathered that Governor Willie Obiano personally invited the [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to drop the proposition to grant amnesty to members of the fundamentalist Boko Haram sect. In an open letter to the President on Sunday, the group argued that granting amnesty to members of the terrorist group, whose activities [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the conflicting statements from the Police on the return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, as another clear indication that confusion reigns under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. The governor said it was embarrassing that the IG could come on national television [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko, Justin Tyopuusu and Kayode Idowu The freed Dapchi schoolgirls on Sunday were reunited with their parents in Dapchi town, Yobe State, after the Nigerian Air Force took them to the town under heavy security. The girls, however, said they would not go back to their school while some parents declared that [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Members of the 1969/73 set of the St. Annes Old Girls Association have built two blocks of 12 toilets for the school as a way of giving back to the institution that produced them. At an elaborate event where the second phase of the project was officially handed over to the school [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Total Nigeria Plc has empowered 20 youths who graduated from its 2016/2017 Skills Acquisition Programme in Makera and Kakuri districts of Kaduna State with business starter packs. The starter packs contain work tools required to establish the youths in small scale businesses, after successfully completing their respective one-year vocational training, a statement by [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has said it will continue to insist on material testing in the built environment, pointing out that it is a major way of achieving zero-building collapse in the state. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, stated this during a visit to the Lagos State Materials [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Leaders of various religious bodies, under the aegis of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), have said there is no alternative to religious harmony in the state. The clerics spoke at the first quarterly meeting of religious leaders and faith-based organisations in Lagos meant to strengthen the peace in the state. NIREC is comprised of [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has warned a company, Wishwich Koncept Limited, against selling an Abuja mansion which is a subject of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions ongoing investigation of allegations of funds diversion and money laundering levelled against a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio. The judge, [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Thousands of Catalan separatists hit the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, vowing the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Germany would not stop their push for independence. Some threw garbage cans at Catalan police in riot gear, who responded by beating demonstrators with their batons or firing warning shots in the air. This [] 

Giving privatisation a bad name
Mon, 26 Mar 2018
THE Bureau of Public Enterprises recently admitted that over 30 per cent of state firms unloaded unto private hands have failed or are failing. But this is a generous self-appraisal; by the reckoning of the National Assembly, 70 to 80 per cent of them have buckled or are failing. Privatisation, however, is a globally tested [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
[PHOTOS] Osinbajo visits Bauchi, condoles with Senator Ali Wakilis constituency 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Federal Government disclosed on Sunday that a week-long ceasefire was declared from March 19 which enabled the insurgents to drop off abducted Dapchi schoolgirl without attack by the military. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Lagos at a media briefing to give update and clarifications on the release [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has described as undemocratic and completely unacceptable, President Muhammadu Buhari's comment that security agencies will deal decisively with any person or group that dares to criticise the handling of security under his administration. The main opposition party said the President did not have powers to bully Nigerians for [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State on Sunday elected new executive team headed by Mr. Soji Adagunodo to direct the affairs of the party barely six months to the governorship election in the state. Adagunodo had about two years ago emerged the chairman at a congress which was boycotted by the [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has said it will pay more attention to continuous voter education and sensitisation to combat voter apathy. The Chairman of LASIEC, Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retd.), on Sunday said the enlightenment became necessary following the low turnout of voters for the Saturday's councillorship by-elections in Ward B (Ogunoloko) [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Aviation unions have threatened to begin a nationwide strike in the next 14 days following the failure of the Federal Government to pay the N45bn severance package of former workers of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited. The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday said that the letter that she wrote to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was to improve control over recovered funds. Adeosun said in a statement issued by her Media Adviser, Oluyinka Akintunde, that contrary to media [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Femi Asu Oil marketers under the aegis of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Organised Private Sector have disagreed with the proposed single regulator for the nation's oil and gas industry. In the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, which has been passed by the [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Heads of state, public decision-makers, bankers, capital investors as well as African and international corporate leaders are today (Monday) gathered at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire to discuss and take lessons from success stories of the African private sector as well as discuss and propose strategic solutions regarding the development of the [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has lamented the incessant vandalism of the Aba-Enugu products' pipeline, which has suffered about 700 breaches. According to him, this has hampered efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products not only in Enugu State, but in the entire South-East, and partly in [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Consumer Protection Council has warned the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and other power firms in the country to stop imposing arbitrary charges on their customers or face severe sanctions and prosecution. The council also threatened to sanction power firms that failed to meet their mandate of ensuring adequate supply of power [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Sahara Group Co-Founder and Executive Director, Tonye Cole, will draw global attention to the need for diversification and collaboration in the quest for sustaining Nigeria's economic growth at the Africa CEO Forum which commences on today (Monday) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The Africa CEO Forum is an annual gathering of influential African and international CEOs, [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola Healthcare International Nigeria Limited has stressed the need for more Nigerians to be covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme. The Managing Director, Healthcare International, Mr. Tosin Awosika, said this at a forum organised by the HMO for its health care providers in Lagos. Awosika said, 'We still have less than five per [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Exposure to cyberattacks in the financial services sector is creating a growing demand for cyber-insurance, IFE OGUNFUWA writes Banks and financial technology firms are beginning to see the need to explore cyber-insurance as a means of alleviating the impact of electronic payment fraud in the country. Industry statistics show that Nigeria is losing about N127bn [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Investment One, a leading financial services group in Nigeria, has released a detailed list of 10 profitable investment vehicles for prospecting investors planning to invest in Nigeria. According to a statement, the 10 investment opportunities that are profiled in the report are treasury bills, commercial papers, sovereign bonds, state bonds, corporate bonds, Eurobonds and equities. [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Stanly Opara Card-to-card payments disrupter and financial technology firm, PaySend, says it will continue to bring a new generation of money transfers to the African market through its new partnership with Access Bank Nigeria Plc. PaySend's rapidly expanding business now operates in more than 60 countries and it is looking to boost its presence across [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
As part of efforts to support the Central Bank of Nigeria's Financial Literacy Day, which marks the Global Money Week, Heritage Bank Plc empowered 5,544 pupils and teachers in 11 secondary schools across the country. The CBN's Financial Literacy Day is a globally-celebrated event to promote savings, drive financial inclusion, invariably gain a higher standard [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, says the state government is working on a new template for building filling stations, which will soon be released to the public. The state government had last year placed an embargo on the approval and construction of filling stations in all [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara United Bank for Africa Plc has declared a profit before tax of N105.3bn for the financial year ended December 31, 2017. This is contained in the lender's audited results for the period filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The result showed a significant growth in the contribution and market share from the leader's [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The amount being requested by various communities, groups and politicians for the control of soil erosion and flooding in their respective surroundings from the Ecological Fund Office is now over N1.1tn, the agency has said. It stated that despite the increased demand for ecological attention in communities across the country, it was [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The immediate past President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Dr. Joshua Patunola-Ajayi, has warned against patronising people he described as quacks, who defraud innocent people in the real estate business. He spoke in Ibadan during the 48th Annual Conference of the institution, which ended on Saturday and during [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola A Netherland-based company, Second Floor SA, is partnering one of Nigeria's management consulting firms, H. Pierson Associates, to leverage its risk practice to support the Nigerian insurance sector on risk-based supervision compliance and initiation of Solvency According to a statement obtained on Sunday, this is in line with the National Insurance Commission's regulatory [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors has called on the Bureau of Public Procurement to adopt stricter monitoring strategies of projects as a way to curb corruption in the country. The institute made the call in Abuja when a delegation of its National Executive Council led by the President, Mr. Obafemi Onashile, paid [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The former President of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Mr. Kunle Awobodu, has said that despite the wave of technological developments globally in every sector, the construction industry in Nigeria has yet to take a giant step in innovative approach to project planning and execution. Awobodu, who is also the 1st Vice President [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has said the country's wildlife is under threat and called on the Federal Government to take urgent action to save the situation. According to the foundation, for long, the country has rested on an erroneous notion that its wild animals were plentiful and not under any threat of extinction, [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola The Managing Director, IEI-Anchor Pension Managers Limited, Mr. Glory Etaduovie, has said that late preparation for pensions can affect the quality of workers' lives in retirement. He said this while speaking on the company's corporate activities in 2017. He said, 'Some people are laid back towards preparing for their pension years. Many people [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Leadway Assurance Limited and TBWA Concept Unit have expressed their support for Aba businesses and locally produced products. They said this in a statement obtained on Sunday that this was part of their commitment towards economic growth of local businesses in Nigeria and promotion of insurance. It stated that Leadway in partnership with TBWA Concept [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Gbenro Adeoye A conservationist and environmental activist, Demond Majekodunmi, has called for massive reforestation in the country to fight climate change. Majekodunmi, who is the Chairman of Lagos State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative, said this on Saturday at a tree planting event to commemorate this years International Day of Forests, held at the [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi As part of its efforts to put together a successful event for the 2018 edition of the Real Estate Exhibition and Trade Show, the team at TAGEXPO says it is partnering Kreativ Management Limited, a financial advisory and solutions firm. The partnership agreement was signed at a closed ceremony by the principal partners [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Tunde Odesola Understandably, the noun change is the most controversial word in Nigeria today. You need to be careful about where and how you say change because the design of your face and the architecture of your mouth could be badly changed for mouthing change wrongfully. Here, change doesnt mean the money you collect after [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Eze Onyekpere One of the richest men in the world and a very good friend of Nigeria, Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, at a recent meeting of the National Economic Council last week, revived an old debate about funding and investments in the social sector, notably, Nigerias investments in education and health care. The issue he [] 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Henry Boyo The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement was endorsed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda. Nine other African Union member-countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, have delayed their assent to the treaty. Hereafter, matters arising from the AUs vision of establishing free trade and a single currency [] 
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