NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 28 March, 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Taraba State Government on Tuesday said the Federal Government and the military were aware of security threats, as well as soldiers’ misconduct in the state, but chose to do nothing about them.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, the Taraba State Government cited few instances that the Federal Government and the military were informed about security breach and soldiers’ misconduct, which were allegedly ignored.

The state government’s statement was in reaction to the claim made by the Federal Government on Monday that although it got reports of soldiers’ misconduct, there was none from Taraba State.

Col. Tukur Gusau, the spokesperson for the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, who spoke in an interview with The PUNCH on behalf of his principal, had said,  “Nigerians have been coming to report incidents and we have been taking care of them… Soldiers have been put through disciplinary procedures.

“We have not received anything yet from Taraba State. We need to work on specific things. To my knowledge, we didn’t receive anything in respect of our operations in Taraba State.”

But the Taraba State Government, in its reaction, warned that thousands of people might still be killed by herdsmen unless the military turned a new leaf.

It said, “The case against the military in Taraba is that of outright collusion against the people which has made it easy for the Fulani militia to kill and destroy property. It is also a case of disrespect for the Office of the Governor of Taraba State.”

Abu in the statement explained that in February 2016, the Ministry of Interior influenced the visit of military investigators to investigate an allegation against a monarch in the state, Dr. Shekarau Masa-Ibi.
He stated that the military delegation “had no courtesy to inform the state governor” on the visit and purpose of the visit

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has advised members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress wishing to retain their positions or aspire for another to resign and re-contest in line with the party’s constitution.

Buhari, who gave the advice in his opening remarks during the 5th National Executive Council meeting of the APC in Abuja on Tuesday, opposed tenure elongation for the NWC members.


He faulted the earlier decision of the party’s NEC to grant one year extension to party executives at all levels, citing a breach of relevant sections of the party’s constitution, as well as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), as a reason for his action.

Buhari asked the party’s NEC to rescind its earlier decision so as not to give the opposition the grounds on which to reap from the crisis which is likely to result from the constitutional breaches.

The President told the gathering of party leaders that his position was informed by the legal advice he received from the Ministry of Justice.

He expressed the hope that the party’s NEC would resolve outstanding issues and reposition the party to face the challenges ahead.

Buhari said, “I think it is important for me to speak on the contentious issues of the tenure of our national and state executive officers.

“As we all know, a motion was moved in the last National Executive Committee meeting of February 27 to the effect that when the tenure of the current executives expires in June this year, they should be allowed to continue for one year.

“This motion was duly carried by the majority of members present at the last NEC meeting, even though some of our party members have since spoken up vehemently against it; others have even taken the matter to court.


Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday backed a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, on his call on Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of killings across the country.


Ortom gave his support to the call in an interview with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

While saying that Danjuma did not ask people to take up arms, the governor explained that the former Chief of Army Staff only said people should protect themselves.

He said, “Of course, you know that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

“You can’t just wait in your house and allow someone to come and kill you. You can resist the person, but you don’t necessarily need to have arms.

“I think that was what the former minister was saying. There is a need for people to arise to defend themselves not necessarily by using weapons that are banned.

“You can use a stick and disarm someone. Some years ago, I was able to disarm armed robbers bearing AK 47 rifles without anything. I think that is the kind of thing he is trying to say. Nigerians should rise up to do this.

“Security matters are not just left in the hands of security men, it requires every one of us to put our heads together and be courageous to be able to surmount it.”

The governor said some fresh killings had been recorded in his state after Buhari visited Benue State recently.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it on Tuesday had recovered N2.4bn and $115,000 from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn. An investigator with the anti-graft agency, Tosin Owobo, told the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has asked the Peoples Democratic Party to go the whole hog with its apology to Nigerians by returning all the alleged funds looted from the public treasury under its watch during its 16 years in power. In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Alexander Okere and Peter Dada The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, have called on the Federal Government to act fast in securing the release of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, still held captive by Boko Haram terrorists. Afenifere also called on the United Nations to investigate incessant killings by [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
ONGOING manoeuvres by the federal and Lagos State governments reveal the inefficiencies of our tax administration system and the urgency for effective reforms. While the Federal Government says it is set to nab and prosecute corporate and individual high net worth tax dodgers, Lagos is warring with property owners and the business community over its [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has backed the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, on his criticisms of the economic policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The legislature called on the Federal Government to give more priority to the health and education sectors and develop Nigerias human resources, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the military and the police to stop the frequent killings, robberies and kidnappings in some communities in Oyo State, particularly in Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency. The House observed that places like Kisi, Igboho, Igbope, Igbeti and over 200 villages had witnessed attacks by suspected bandits and [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Mobilisation for the controversial Electoral Act (amendment) Bill, 2018 has intensified at the House of Representatives to secure the mandatory two-thirds majority vote, investigations by The PUNCH revealed on Tuesday. Two-thirds majority (240 out of 360) vote of members is the constitutional requirement to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto on the bill. [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano No less than eight persons have died in Dungurawa village in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, following the outbreak of a strange disease in the area. According to some troubled residents of the community, the disease, which broke out about a week ago, is generating panic among the people. [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Some people usually see debt as having an adverse effect on development, that is when you begin to have what we call the debt scare. But debt is part of strategies required to finance development. In other words, there is nothing wrong with people borrowing, whether from domestic or foreign sources. It doesnt matter if [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt FORMER Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday declared his intention to contest the position of the President. Atiku made this declaration when he led some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party to the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. This is as the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday opened the Alapere Road and junction improvement works in the Agboyi Ketu area of the state, saying that his administration would continue to use judiciously taxes paid by Lagosians. Ambode said the 1.4 kilometres road was a fulfilment of one of the recommendations of the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission says 6, 906, 411 Nigerians registered to vote between April 2017 when the Continuous Voter Registration began and March 2018. This brings the total number of registered voters in the country to 75, 739, 887. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed this at a civil [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufwoobi The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29, 2018, as a work-free day in the state. A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, explained that the holiday will enable Lagosians to come out en masse to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a two-day (Thursday and [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had commenced one-week training in motion picture production for 200 youths in partnership with the Nigerian Film Corporation. The government explained that the move was to reduce poverty among the youths in the state. Speaking at the commencement of the programme, the Commissioner for Tourism, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, said the state budget for 2018 lacked the capacity to cater for the immediate needs of people in the state because of the states huge debt profile. A statement issued by the Seyi Makinde Organisation and signed by Dotun Oyelade claimed [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Government on Tuesday said the School Governing Boards for its 628 secondary schools had spent around N2bn to improve infrastructural facilities of its schools. The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, who said this during a three-day expanded stakeholders meeting on the Implementation of 2018 [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Adeosun reconvenes meeting, summons Baru Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting, which was convened on Tuesday to consider and approve the statutory allocation for February, ended in deadlock. The committee could not approve the allocation to the three tiers of government owing to what was described as discrepancies in revenue figures presented [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government has declared Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively. The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, in a statement on Tuesday, by the Director Overseeing the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Internally Displaced Persons in Nasarawa State have accused security operatives deployed in Kadarko, Giza and Agyaragu in Obi Local Government Area of diverting the relief materials meant for the IDPs in the state. Governor Umaru Tanko Al- Makura had, on Thursday last week, distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement, expressing hope that he will change his mind before it is too late. Obasanjo poured out his mind on the AfCFTA during a presidential panel, titled: 'When Leaders Make History' at the Africa CEO [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force has begun a three-day medical outreach for Internally Displaced Persons at the Abagana-Agan IDPs camp in Benue State. According to the air force, the IDPs camp has over 20,000 dwellers that would enjoy eye surgeries and other check-ups. Our correspondent learnt that the outreach, which began on Monday, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe nakinkugbe@punchng.com Global Money Week was celebrated last week. It is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship. It is more important than ever for children and youth to be economically equipped and empowered to close inequality gaps and build a [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Nigeria Customs Service in Sokoto State has intercepted a truck loaded with 525 bags of smuggled rice said to be worth N11m. The contraband, according to the Customs Area Comptroller in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr. Nasir Ahmed, were hidden in a fuel tanker. Ahmed explained that the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Direct debit payments are convenient for paying your bills, but when your income is reduced, getting more control over your payments will probably be more important, according to http://www.moneyhelp.org.au. When your income drops, you should consider cancelling all your direct debits unless you can keep sufficient money in your bank account to adequately meet the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Liquor Licensing Board has declared war against prostitutes in Minna, the state capital, warning sex workers to steer clear of Minna streets and drinking joints or face the wrath of law. The board chairman, Yahaya Halidu, who handed down the warning in an interview with Northern City News in [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The Courier Regulatory Department of the Nigeria Postal Service, on Tuesday, clamped down on four courier companies for allegedly operating illegally. The department listed the affected companies as Ondot Courier Limited, Golden Victory Express & Courier Services, Swiftlink Logistics Limited, Pronto Delivery & Logistics Services and Ebeco Express Company. Similarly, NIPOST also revoked [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt IN its bid to contribute towards a decrease in boat accidents in the Niger Delta region, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria has organised training for boat drivers operating in the region. The Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa, said the exercise would increase the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The luxury division of Ford Motor Company, Lincoln Motor Company, is set to bring back 'suicide' doors, which is meant to inject new life into the sale of the Lincoln Continental. A suicide door is a term used for a vehicle door hinged at its rear rather than the front. According to Wikipedia.org, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps says it is ready to partner education administrators to curb cultism and drug abuse among youths in the state. The LNSC Chairman, DIG Israel Ajao (retd.), promised that the corps would also work with community development associations to deepen community policing in the state and combat crime. Ajao [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Dana Air says it has introduced a promo to reward its guests during the Easter holiday. According to the airline, the promo, tagged 'Buy one, Get one free', is for guests who book a return ticket between Thursday March 29 and Friday March 30. The Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzuo, said, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited and two others on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on financing with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector. The ICD is a multilateral development financial institution and part of the Islamic Development Bank Group. The signing of the MoU was one of the [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Jaiz Bank Plc on Tuesday entered into a financing pact with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector to finance the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with N6.1bn ($20m). The ICDP is an arm of the Islamic Development Bank. The amount would be provided to the SMEs in key sectors of [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The United Bank for Africa on Tuesday announced that its London subsidiary had obtained regulatory approval to carry out wholesale banking activities in the United Kingdom. Following this authorisation, UBA is now the only sub-Saharan African bank to conduct banking activities in New York and London, as well as in 20 other countries across Africa, [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was undergoing tests in the Hadassah hospital of Jerusalem on Tuesday after being admitted with a case of high fever, his office said. The premier was also suffering from a cough, the office said in a statement. The prime ministers personal physicianbelieves the prime minister did not recover and should [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Are you pretty sure you have all your ducks in a row, and you feel ready to push out of your home and into a separate space' Though having a professional, dedicated space is usually better for business, it is not the only way to do business. Consider this move carefully. There [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Tuesday ordered the 11 power distribution companies to engage the services of the recently approved independent Meter Asset Providers in order to effectively bridge the over 4.74 million metering gap in the country. It stated that beginning from April 3, this year, when the 2018 Meter [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee meeting, which began on Tuesday was inconclusive due to discrepancies of about N37.76 billion in revenue presented by the NNPC. The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris told journalists in Abuja, that the meeting was inconclusive because of irregularities in figures presented by the NNPC. Obviously, you are [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Junior Achievement Nigeria has called on young people and entrepreneurs in the country to leverage the gains from mentoring and leadership sessions to develop themselves and forge a career path. JAN made this call when it hosted 50 Nigerian youths to its annual Venture in Management Programme, 2018 edition, in Lagos. Speaking [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The National Assembly has postponed the approval of this years budget until May 2018. This is contrary to expectations that the 2018 budget estimates of N8.612trn would be passed by April. Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Mustapha Dawaki, made this known at the 2018 National Budget Hearing in Abuja on Tuesday. The hearing was jointly [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
The Executive Chairman/CEO of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has urged the Federal Government to replicate its policies in the cement and sugar industries in the steel industry. Speaking at the opening plenary of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire on Monday, Rabiu, who recalled that 15 years ago, Nigeria was faced with a [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria, Deposit Money Banks, licensed mobile money operators and super agents have agreed to roll out 500,000 Shared Agent Network to accelerate financial inclusion in Nigeria. The agreement would enable them to fund the expansion of SAN to deepen financial inclusion in the country. The agreement entails an aggressive [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
A British man who used his role as an unqualified teacher at an Islamic school to try and recruit an army of children to commit terror attacks was on Tuesday handed a life sentence. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, will serve a minimum of 25 years in jail after being found guilty at Londons Old Bailey [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Caleb University, Imota, Lagos has appointed Dr. George Chima as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration in recognition of his impacts on business and academics. Chima is currently the President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Administration of Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Daniel Ayandiji, said the appointment followed Chima's practical industry [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, Top Tea, Onga and other products, has honoured 254 of its employees, who have put in several years in the service of the firm. The Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson, said the awardees were honoured for their commitment, hard work and loyalty to [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Facebook has launched a women entrepreneurship initiative, #SheMeansBusiness, in Nigeria, in partnership with She Leads Africa. The Sales Manager, Small and Medium Business, Facebook EMEA, Abi Williams, said the initiative was designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across the country to build, grow and start their own businesses, and also create opportunities [] 

Wed, 28 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government will on Thursday unveil transaction advisers, who were recently appointed for the establishment of a national carrier and the concession of the country's four major international airports. It was gathered that the transaction advisers handling some other key projects would also be unveiled by the government. They include advisers [] 
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