NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 31 March, 2018.


Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere; a Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed; and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, among others, came down heavily on the Federal Government over the release of a looters’ list containing just six names.

They described the list as laughable while accusing the government and the All Progressives Congress of spreading propaganda and lies.


 
The Federal Government on Friday made good its promise to release to Nigerians the list containing names of alleged treasury looters.

The list which was released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Lagos, on Friday,  identified the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus;  former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh; and the Chairman of DAAR Communications, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, as some of the people who looted the treasury.

Also on the list were the names of Dudafa Waripamo-Owei, a former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan; a cousin of former President Jonathan, Robert Azibaola; and an unnamed former PDP Financial Secretary.

In July 2017, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the Federal Government would publish the names of treasury looters intermittently after it must have met some conditions.

This was after a Federal High Court in Lagos gave a ruling compelling the Federal Government to “immediately release to Nigerians information about the names of high-ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered and the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official.”

The Federal Government, through The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on June 4, 2016, disclosed that it had recovered cash sums of N78,325,354,631.82, $185,119,584.61, £3,508,355.46 and €11,250, among others, between May 29, 2015, and May 25, 2016.

Twenty-two months after, the information minister released a list with six names.

The information minister said, “The PDP has challenged us to name the looters under their watch. They said they did not loot the treasury. Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch. Yet they decided to grandstand. This shows the hollowness of their apology to Nigerians.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The Taraba State Government has said that it has lost confidence in the Federal Government’s security apparatus in the state, particularly the military.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, who stated this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, said that the state had not regained its confidence in the military in the state.


 
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had through his Spokesman, Col. Tukur Gusau,   told The PUNCH on Monday that Nigerians had been coming to report soldiers, who were accused of misconduct.

He said that such soldiers were undergoing disciplinary procedures, but stated that there was no complaint from Taraba.

But the state government on Tuesday said that the Federal Government was aware of security threats and soldiers’ misconduct in the state.

In the statement made available to The PUNCH, the state government cited instances where the Federal Government was informed about the security breach and soldiers’ misconduct.

In their separate reactions on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence and the Nigerian Army insisted that they had not received any letter from the Taraba State Government.

When contacted on Friday, the media aide to the state governor insisted that the state had lost confidence in the military in Taraba.

Abu stated, “As of now, the state is relatively at peace. Even with the relative peace in Taraba, we do not have confidence in the military that is there. We have lost confidence in the military and we have not regained it.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, as he toured the Eko Atlantic City on Friday.

The supermodel was in Lagos for the Arise Fashion Week 2018, and many Nigerians were surprised to see her with the President during his tour of the new city under construction.


 
The British model had earlier tweeted that she was in Nigeria on the request of the Nigerian government but deleted the post shortly after.

She tweeted, “Was a pleasure to be invited by his Excellency, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to the private launch of Eko Atlantic @NGRPresident @MBuhari.”

After deleting the post, she replaced it with, “Was a pleasure to meet His Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to the launch of Eko Atlantic. Here for Arise Fashion Week.”

However, before the first post was deleted, Nigerians had already seen it and bombarded the model with questions, with some asking why she deleted her initial post.

A Twitter user simply identified as, Olawoyin4u, posted a screenshot of her first post and asked why the supermodel deleted the tweet. He posted on his twitter handle, “Nigerians want to know why you deleted the post below?”

The Presidency also denied reports that President Buhari had invited the British actor, singer and model for the tour of the Eko Atlantic City. It claimed that the President met Campbell at Eko Atlantic City and that she requested to take some pictures with Buhari.

A tweet by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, said, “For the sake of clarity, President MBuhari didn’t invite Ms. Naomi Campbell to any event during his 2-day visit to Lagos State.”


Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Funmi Akingbade Easter holiday is just few hours from now and I would love husbands to make it a memorable period for their wives. Just go extra mile and unravel the wishes that many wives may not be able to say out but which they deeply desire. They are just simple note of caution and [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chukwuneta Oby When a married woman (for example) claims that the husband threatens to chase her out of his 
house during a quarrel, I usually ask how long have you been married and do you have children' You see, I have since realised that, there are factors that naturally deepen a spouses root in a [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The International Police have yet to declare Senator Dino Melaye wanted, 72 hours after the Nigeria Police Force claimed that the lawmaker and seven other suspects were now on the red notice of the global police organisation. The profiles and pictures of the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District and the other [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Dr. Ogonnaya Ndupu is a medical consultant passionate about mental and behavioural health with a focus on preventive, advocacy as well as treatment. She tells Ademola Olonilua about her career and family life Out of all the branches in the medical field, why did you choose to specialise in mental health' On several occasions, people [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma,Owerri Women from the 27 local government areas of Imo State have urged the chieftains of the 68 registered political parties in Nigeria to allocate more sensitive positions to female politicians in their parties. At a one day seminar and public presentation of Voters Education and Women in Politics Manual in Owerri, the state [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Director-General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, on Friday said teenage pregnancy and spread of sexually transmitted diseases were fast becoming huge source of concern in Nigeria. To address the trend, Edu said it has become imperative for health workers to give out information on sex [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Workers of Alvan Ikokwu College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, acting under the aegis of Joint Action Congress, have grounded the institution in protest, demanding that the acting Provost of the College, Dr. Dan Anyanwu, should step aside. The enraged workers said that it was illegal for the acting Provost to contest [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt A pro-All Progressives Congress group in Rivers State known as Free Rivers Development Initiative said that it had begun the screening of candidates for the leadership of a parallel security outfit in the state. President of the group, Mr. Sampson Ngerebara, explained that the state APC was going [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Enugu State Police Command has announced the recovery of a total of 148 illegal firearms in the state since February 2018. Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mohammed Danmallam, announced the development while displaying the weapons at the headquarters of the police in Enugu. Danmallam also disclosed that 155 ammunition of [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A suspected major distributor of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) in Onitsha, Solomon Michael, has been arrested. The drug peddler said to be a native of Abia State was arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Anambra State Command. One other Okechukwu Udenkwo was arrested for being in possession of [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University, Professor Blessing Didia, has warned students, who recently gained admission into the institution to shun any overture from members of cult groups. Didia cautioned that the penalty for any student found to be a member of any cult group was expulsion from the university. [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe The Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, and President, Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation, Mr. David Anyaele, has commended the National Assembly for adopting the Joint Conference Committee Report on the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2018. The report on the bill had been presented at the House of Representatives by [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Gbenro Adeoye Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday evening urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seriously consider the possibility of granting the state a special status to enable it to sustain its position as the driver of the nations economic growth. Ambode, who spoke at a State Dinner in honour of President Buhari at [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
A former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, has urged the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to take urgent steps to unite all aspirants towards the next general elections before the primaries to avert confrontation and enmity. He said the party and its members would be making a big mistake to [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Ojoi Igajah A new partnership between global automaker, Nissan, and the National Automotive Design and Development Council is set to benefit the industry in Nigeria. In a meeting with NADDC officials, led by the Director-General, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, in Lagos, Nissan said it would increase its investments in the country so as to create more [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe In a bid to build local capacity in waste management, Visionscape Sanitation says it has registered and inducted 350 scavengers into its operations. The company stated this in a statement while disclosing that it had led reputable environmentalists to its engineered sanitary landfill at Epe, Lagos State, in commemoration of the 2018 World [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe The National Primary Health Care Development Agency says it has deployed 1,335 out of its newly-engaged 1,589 midwives to primary health care centres across the country. The agency said the deployment was in line with the Presidents directive to improve health care delivery in the rural areas, adding that the remaining 254 could [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Friday Olokor and Justin Tyopuusu The Middle Belt Youth Council has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe service chiefs and make the report of the findings public. The organisation said that if found guilty, the service chiefs should be dismissed and prosecuted immediately. The President of MBYC, Emma Zopmal, made the call in a [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia About 968 persons lost their lives to various disasters and communal crises across the country in 2017, the National Emergency Management Agency has said. The Deputy Director of NEMA, James Akujobi, who revealed this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH in Nasarawa State on Friday, said scores of people were also rescued [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Gbenro Adeoye with agency report More than 30 persons were on Thursday buried in Bawan Daji village of Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, following an attack by gunmen on the village. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the bandits attacked the area after some members of the community held a meeting to [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has temporarily moved the seat of administration of the state from Maiduguri, the capital, to Bama, to prepare the ground for the relocation of about a million people displaced at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency. Bama, a commercial town, is one of the areas [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu Members of the House of Representatives are in disagreement over the plan to grant amnesty to the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents. However, they admit that it is an Executive function that does not require the inputs of the National Assembly for now, except where budgetary allocations are involved. The Chairman, [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Some of the special anti-corruption courts designated to handle exclusively corruption and other financial crime cases have started functioning, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. The Corruption Financial Crimes Cases Trials Monitoring Committee, set up by the National Judicial Council to monitor the corruption cases, has also started work. Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, have traded words over the Kaduna State governments $350m World Bank loan request which was declined by the Senate on Thursday. Both el-Rufai and Sani took to their social media accounts on Friday to express [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has yet to name the technical committee to review the decision of its National Executive Committee on the tenure extension granted to party executives at all levels. Findings by Saturday PUNCH in Abuja on Friday revealed that 72 hours after the party said it would set up the [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, John Ameh, Leke Baiyewu and Gbenga Odogun President Muhammadu Buhari; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and others have mourned the death of the Deputy Leader of the House, Mr. Buba Jibril. Jibril had died in a Turkish hospital in [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
During the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the All Progressives Congress, which was the main opposition at the time, did not spare the President over the kidnap of Chibok schoolgirls. But with the Dapchi schoolgirls' saga, the APC-led Federal Government has been put in a similar situation. GBENRO ADEOYE writes For many reasons, the [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe and Justin Tyopuusu The father of Leah, the Dapchi Christian girl still being held by Boko Haram, Mr. Nathan Sharibu, on Friday lamented the continued stay of his daughter in the terrorists captivity, saying the Federal Government had abandoned the family to their fate. Narrating the psychological trauma his wife, Rebecca, is passing [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, in this interview with EVEREST AMAEFULE, discusses issues ranging from his activities as a minister to campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari, exit of his aides and his ambition to become the next governor of Oyo State You superintend a ministry that is supposed to be at the centre of the [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Advanced Democratic Party has zoned its presidential slot to aspirants from northern Nigeria. The national chairman of the party, Mr. Yabagi Sani, said this on Friday in an interview in Abuja. He explained that the party was conversant with the challenges facing the country and the need to give every segment [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu and Olaleye Aluko The Coalition for Nigeria Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians to be wary of President Muhammadu Buharis government as it has corrupted security agencies ahead of the 2019 general elections. It said the statement by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed that three out of the six suspects who escaped from custody on Wednesday have been arrested. The outgoing Commissioner of Police in the state, Ali Janga, while confirming the news, however, did not disclose the names of the rearrested suspects. He said, Yes, it is [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, over the death of his younger brother, Clement. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President prayed to God to comfort the family of the deceased and [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Eric Dumo Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Osun State House of Assembly have felicitated with Christians on the occasion of Easter, urging them to emulate Jesus Christ by making sacrifices that will advance the countrys development. Making the call on Friday as Christians prepared for the event that signifies the [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Mudiaga Affe, Eric Dumo and Enyioha Opara Christians across the country, on Friday, celebrated Good Friday to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Our correspondents, who monitored the celebrations, observed Christians embarking on processions and demonstration of the Passion of Christ to mark the day. Some members of Our Lady of Holy Rose [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Temilolu Okeowo (How pre-marital sex enforces evil family pattern contd.) Dear Madam, I must commend your efforts in directing girls to the paths of righteousness and doing all you can to right the wrongs in their lives. I read Precious story, your last article-I dont want to end up like my mother, and feel so [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government says it has finally cleared the backlog of debts owed foreign airlines operating in the country. According to the government, the debt, which was about $600m at the peak of the recent recession, has been paid despite the paucity of funds confronting the nation at present. It explained that [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Tunde Ajaja For the obvious reasons, many women pay so much attention to their breasts and butts; not just because they are vital body parts, but also because these sexual organs are central to their attractiveness by men. Perhaps, out of the need to impress or boost their confidence level, some women resort to employing [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
As the tax amnesty under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme ends on Saturday (today), some private sector players are said to be lobbying President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the period. An official at the Presidency, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that governors and company [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Upright Wonders is an Akwa Ibom State-born evangelist and founder of the Eastern Star Care Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Lagos. Now in her early 50s, she tells Eric Dumo how despite the loss of her sight, she has managed to radiate love You were not born with visual impairment; so at what point [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Femi Asu The Federal Government has been urged to provide additional incentives to investors to facilitate the establishment of modular refineries in the country. The Deputy Director, Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Chijioke Nwaozuzu, said incentives in the form of tax reliefs, customs and excise duties and Value Added Tax waivers, and [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi FirstNation Airways has denied charges of fraud and stealing levelled against it and its Chief Executive Officer, Kayode Odukoya, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The airline stated on Friday that the charges were bogus and without basis, and targeted to impugn its integrity. 'FirstNation hereby categorically denies all the charges of [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi state police command has confirmed the re-arrest of three out of the six suspects involved in the arms case against Senator Dino Melaye who escaped from custodyon Wednesday. The outgoing state commissioner of police, Ali Janga, who confirmed this, however, did not disclose the names of the arrested suspects. Yes, [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
A military patrol team from the 20 Mechanised Battalion, Serti, operating in Mambilla, Taraba State, on Friday paraded six suspected cattle rustlers nabbed while sharing cow meat in Nyogor forest. According to Lt. Col. Sani Adamu, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, 30 cows were also recovered from the suspects who were paraded at Mayo-Ndaga, [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Verve International has signed a partnership agreement with the United Bank for Africa to deliver cost-effective prepaid cards to farmers under the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture's FISP programme. It was gathered that as part of the partnership deal, UBA will issue Verve prepaid cards in the next season of the Farmers Input Support [] 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has challenged the Minister of Culture and Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed to be ready to prove his allegation that he collected N200m from the purse of the National Security Adviser (NSA). Secondus issued the threat in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Ike [] 
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