NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 27 March, 2018.


Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Defence said on Monday that it had received reports from Nigerians on the misconduct of soldiers as regards the farmers and herdsmen’s clashes and had put such soldiers through “disciplinary procedures.”

The ministry said it, however, had yet to receive any report from Taraba State, adding that its doors were open to complaints from Nigerians on the activities of the troops.
 
Col. Tukur Gusau, spokesperson for the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, noting that the government could not work with “general comments or allegations, if no specific report was made to the military authorities.”

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd), 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 defence ministry in a release on Sunday said  Danjuma’s comment was “highly uncalled for,” and asked Nigerians to report any member of the armed forces, suspected to be colluding with herdsmen.

On Monday, the defence minister’s Public Relations Officer, Gusau, told our correspondent that some soldiers had undergone “disciplinary procedures” after complaints received from Nigerians.

Gusau said, “We have the Human Rights violation desk in all the formations of the Nigerian Army and a similar channel in the other arms of the military. Nigerians can also come directly to the Ministry of Defence. They can go to the Nigerian Army headquarters. Our doors are always open.

“If a soldier on duty has done something you feel is inappropriate, you have a duty to report that soldier. The office of the defence minister is open to everyone.

“The era where civilians are afraid of military actions is gone. Yes, we have been having such reports about the misconduct of soldiers in the theatre of operation. Nigerians have been coming to report incidents and we have been taking care of them. There have been disciplinary procedures. Soldiers have been put through disciplinary procedures.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday admitted that Nigeria’s journey in the last three years had been turbulent.

Buhari said this in his address at the inauguration of the National Food Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


 
The President chairs the council that has some state governors and ministers as members.

“Nigeria’s journey in the last three years, has been a very turbulent one. The country’s need for critical job creating sectors which has been ignored for decades is now beginning to yield results,” Buhari said before the council held its inaugural meeting.

The President listed some of the programmes that had been introduced in the first three years of his administration, noting that the full results of the programmes would not be felt overnight.

He said if sustained, the programmes were capable of transforming the lives of millions of Nigerians.

Buhari said it was therefore the responsibility of all to ensure that they were sustained and improved upon.

He added, “These programmes and many more have started yielding results and if sustained, will transform the lives of millions of Nigerians across the country.

“We are well aware that the full results will not be felt or seen overnight. The journey is long.

“It is therefore our collective duty to ensure that the actual and potential positive impacts of these programmes are sustained, improved and expanded.”


 
 He listed some of the programmes to include the National Social Investment Programmes that target poor Nigerians and agricultural programmes that focus on import substitution, job creation and rural development.

He added that the government started the Pollution Remediation Projects in the Niger Delta that would lead to the resumption of fishing and farming in the affected areas while also intensifying participation in the Lake Chad Basin Commission with the goal of reversing the shrinkage of the lake.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The leadership of the Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians in Kaduna on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do all within his power to rescue Miss Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl yet to be released by Boko Haram after the Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction.

The new organisation, CNNC, was inaugurated by a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on November 11, 2017.


 
Leah was among the 111 female students of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State abducted by Boko Haram from the school on February 19.

While all the girls have been released by the sect and reunited with their parents, Leah is still being held because she refused to renounce her faith.

Briefing journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat in Kaduna on Monday, the CNNC noted with concern the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls after the Chibok saga and demanded freedom for all kidnapped girls.

The text of the press conference was read by the spokesman for  the organisation, Larry Yammai, while a former Vice-Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Prof. Adamu Baiki,  responded to questions raised by journalists.

Baiki is the interim chairman of CNNC.

Yammai said while the group rejoiced that the rest of the students had been released and reunited with their families, “the fate of Sharibu still hangs in the balance.”

He said, “CNNC notes with great concern the abduction of yet another set of schoolgirls. While we rejoice that almost all the girls have been released, we are heavily saddened that our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu, is being held because of her faith.

“The truth is very obvious that the destruction project of the Boko Haram sect is very much targeted at Christians.  CNNC strongly condemns this evil tendency and urges Mr. President to, as a matter of urgency, intervene and ensure the immediate release of this young girl.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday led other top government officials elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress to a meeting of the party’s national caucus.

The meeting was held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Other top government officials who attended the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and governors.

National chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, led other officers of the party to the meeting.

The national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was however absent from the meeting.

Tinubu is heading a presidential reconciliation committee set up to reconcile aggrieved party members across the country.

It had earlier been speculated that he may present his interim report at the meeting.

The caucus meeting was however held ahead of a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council on Tuesday.

The issue of the tenure elongation for members of the National Working Committee is believed to be an agenda before the party chiefs. 
The national caucus meeting was still ongoing as of the time of filing this report.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The National Assembly will today (Tuesday) and Wednesday hold a public hearing on the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The hearing is jointly organised by the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Appropriations, according to an advertisement published in some national daily newspapers on Sunday.


 
The hearing will take place at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, while the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, stakeholders and members of the public have been invited.

President Muhammadu Buhari had laid the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, announced last week that the National Assembly had scheduled the budget for passage on April 24, 2018.

Standing committees at the Senate had on Thursday began the submission of their reports on the MDAs to the Committee on Appropriations.

Submission of the reports will end on Thursday, according to the announcement made by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary last Wednesday.

The Committee on Appropriations, which is collating the reports by the sub-committees, had met on the 2018 budget last Thursday.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A civil rights group, known as the Campaign for Democracy and Workers Rights, has accused the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ,of allegedly masterminding the arrest, arraignment and detention of five students of the university at the prison in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The five students, namely Oyedeji Samson, Gbenga Oloniniran, [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Hundreds of students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, stormed the institution on Monday morning and shut the main gate leading to the school, thus denying academic and non- academic staff access to the campus. Academic activities were paralysed as many students who had turned up for lectures were ordered [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Dr Lateef Olatunji (Rector, The Federal Polytechnic Offa) Yes. Technical education in Nigeria is not without its challenges such as inadequate funding, infrastructural deficiency, Nigerias epileptic power supply, inadequate laboratories and workshops as well as disproportionate emphasis on business. Our teachers also lack modern tools to impart knowledge. Despite these inhibitions, Nigerian technical institutions are [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The relationship between each other, one another and themselves as well as yourselves deserves special attention. They are all pronouns but they express different ideas. But because of the similarity in the circumstances that both categories of pronouns are used, they are usually confused with one another. The two girls abused thoroughly before they [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Samson Folarin with agency report Russian businessman, Sergei Mavrodi, whose MMM pyramid scheme deprived millions of Russians of their savings in the 1990s, has died of a heart attack. Reports said the 62-year-old was rushed to a hospital late on March 25, following complaints of chest pain. He died several hours later. According to Moskovsky [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the ex parte application filed by the Federal Government seeking the forfeiture of his 22 undeclared houses in Nigeria and abroad. In a motion he filed in opposition to the Federal Governments ex parte application to [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday fixed April 25 for judgment in the suit filed by Accord Party challenging the constitutionality of the proposed amendment of the Electoral Act by the National Assembly. The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 seeks to provide the order in which INEC must conduct the [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Niyi Odebode, Abuja The Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, again on Monday criticised the Federal Governments Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. Gates, in an interview with the CNN, said that the Federal Governments investment in education and health was not good enough. While it may be easier to be [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The leadership of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, the Yoruba Youth Council and 54 other groups met in Abuja on Monday. The groups, in a communiqu issued at the end of their meeting, said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government had [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Toluwani Eniola A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State, Muhammad Barde, has called on voters in the state to go out en masse and register to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards. Barde, who gave the advice in a statement, reminded the voters that the PVC was their electoral power to vote [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has entered into an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme to commit a total of $8.06m (N2.45bn) to boost agricultural output along the rice and cassava value chain. The deal for the funding was sealed between the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending, the Ministry of Agriculture [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the instrument of ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding among Nigeria, Switzerland and the International Development Association that will lead to the repatriation of illegally-acquired assets to Nigeria. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is planning to generate the sum of N5bn in the 2018 fiscal period from statutory fees on weights and measurement equipment. The Acting Director, Weight and Measures Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Muhammed Sidi Sada, gave the figure during the first quarterly meeting of legal metrology [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has completed investigations into the suspended Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, The PUNCH can report. It was learnt that Gwarzos case file had been forwarded to the legal department of the ICPC for further action. The legal [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Ayodele Subair, says the newly introduced Electronic Revenue Assurance system is expected to increase the state's consumption tax revenue by 400 per cent. The LIRS had recently unveiled an automated invoicing system and technology device called ERA at a stakeholders' meeting held with [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday begged Nigerians to forgive its past mistakes and promised to bring a genuine change to the polity if given the opportunity to rule again in 2019. The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke in Abuja at the partys one-day programme tagged, A public [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The Chairman, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Lagos State branch, Mr. Kola Abdul, has attributed the return of the branch to profitability to the team spirit in the executive committee and members of the branch. He spoke during the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the branch in Lagos recently where he gave a comprehensive [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has lauded a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), for having the courage to say the truth about the killings by herdsmen across the country. Wike said though it was not in his habit to fast, he would embark on a [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
213 Capital, an investment and risk advisory firm, has partnered the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria to provide targeted training sessions to the investment and risk managers across the pension landscape. According to the Executive Secretary of the association, Ms. Susan Oranye, the training which took place last week, is considered very timely considering [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
John Charles Makurdi Five people have been killed in fresh attacks by herdsmen in different locations of Benue State. Four persons were reportedly killed by herdsmen at the Guma and Agatu local government areas of the state on Sunday, while one herdsman was reported killed at Lower Benue, a suburb of Makurdi, on Saturday. The [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
NOBODY can see in the crystal ball when the 2018 budget will be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, despite its submission to the National Assembly on November 7. The April 24 deadline just announced by the House of Representatives for its passage is tentative. For those familiar with this notorious ritual, it evokes a [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Monday granted a N10m bail to the Managing Director of the First Nation Airways, Mr. Kayode Odukoya, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N1.7bn. Justice Mojisola Dada said she was inclined to granting Odukoya bail particularly as the Economic and Financial Crimes [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will soon be licensed to carry arms at airports across the country. The Federal Government said on Monday that the move was to complement other agencies in addressing security threats at the airports. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Femi Asu The Corporate Affairs Commission has said customers and other stakeholders will examine issues being encountered in the course of company registration, among others, during its forthcoming forum. The CAC said in a statement that the second Customers' Forum in the first quarter of the year would take place on Thursday in Ikeja, Lagos. [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra Police have banned politicians and other unauthorised persons in the state from using sirens. Also prohibited is the covering of number plates by unauthorised persons. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, disclosed this on Monday at a press briefing in his office at Amawbia, Awka South Local Government [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola CropLife Nigeria has decried the negative impact of multiple regulations on the agrochemical industry in the country. The President, CropLife Nigeria, Mahmood Tauhid, said during a press briefing in Lagos that the industry was losing billions of naira to multiple regulations, a situation he noted started about two years ago. Tauhid stated, 'We [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
South Africas former president, Jacob Zuma, is due to appear in court on April 6 to face charges of corruption in $2.5bn arms deal, his lawyer told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday. The National Prosecuting Authority earlier on March 16 said it would seek to prosecute Zuma on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering, [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi As part of efforts to boost business relations between Nigeria and India, over 100 Indian businessmen are expected to meet and develop partnerships with Nigerians at an exhibition starting today (Tuesday). The exhibition, tagged: 'Source India', is organised by the Trade Promotion Council of India in association with the High Commission of India, [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The chairmen of 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas of Lagos State say they have unanimously endorsed the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for a second term in office. Rising from a meeting with the governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, the council chiefs said their decision to [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Power consumers on Monday expressed their readiness to pay the prescribed meter service charge contained in the recently unveiled 2018 Meter Asset Provider Regulations by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. According to them, it is better to pay the fee and get meters than to continue paying a tariff that is meant [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The newly elected councillor for Ward B (Ogunoloko) in the Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area, Mrs. Khadijat Jimoh, and her counterpart in Ward B (Dopemu) in the Agege LGA, Rashidat Adekunle, on Monday received their Certificates of Return from the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission. LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, enjoined the winners to [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Nike Popoola CropLife Nigeria has decried the negative impact of multiple regulations on the agrochemical industry in the country. The President, CropLife Nigeria, Mahmood Tauhid, said during a press briefing in Lagos that the industry was losing billions of naira to multiple regulations, a situation he noted started about two years ago. Tauhid stated, 'We [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Afeez Hanafi The LAGOS State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Vesa Fisheries on Kudirat Abiola Way, Ojota for alleged illegal dumping of inflammable materials at the Olusosun dump. The directive by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, followed the fire incident at the dump, which destroyed several vehicles and other valuables. [] 

TSA: FG renegotiates fees with service providers
Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Why we keep funds outside TSA ' NNPC John Ameh, Abuja The Federal Government has commenced negotiations with all service providers on the Treasury Single Account in a bid to reduce the cost of running the policy. The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, who disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, said though the [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Femi Asu The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced that it will carry out an annual maintenance of its equipment at the Itire 132KV Transmission Sub-station in Lagos today (Tuesday) for four hours. The TCN said in a statement that there would be disruption of 34 megawatts of electricity supply to customers in Ago, Okota, [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Sierra Leones electoral body announced on the eve of a presidential run-off on Monday that the vote would be delayed until Saturday after losing days of preparation due to a court order. The countrys High Court had earlier lifted an injunction imposed on Saturday that halted the runoff until further notice, after considering a fraud [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
The European Investment Bank on Monday announced the signing of $25m financing deal aimed at developing off-grid solar systems in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. The Vice President, EIB, fondly called the EU bank, Ambroise Fayolle, made the announcement at the sixth Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. He said the financing deal was [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday led other top government officials elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress to a meeting of the partys national caucus. The meeting was held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Other top government officials who attended the meeting included Vice-President [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange started the week in a loss as 17 stocks recorded depreciation of various degrees. The NSE market capitalisation fell to N14.976tn from N14.982tn recorded on Friday while the All-Share Index closed at 41,454.30 basis points from 41,472.10 basis points. Negative sentiments hit the market, pushing the ASI down and [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Trading activities in the Treasury bills space was largely bearish, as the yields on the one-month, three-month, six-month and 12-month instruments dropped by 1.64 per cent, 0.06 per cent, 0.06 per cent and 0.06 per cent, respectively while the yield on the nine-month instrument dipped by 0.03 per cent. Consequently, the average Treasury bills yield [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
You have successfully registered your business and are ready to go. But there is at least one further step you have to take: find a bank and open a commercial bank account. Here is more information on how to find the bank that suits your company best and how to open and manage your business [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for Tuesdays international friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday. The Barcelona forward sat out Fridays 2-0 defeat of Italy in Manchester with a thigh muscle problem but came through Mondays training session in Madrid and is expected to [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Stanley Opara MRS Oil Nigeria Plc has posted a loss before tax of N996.6m for the full-year ended December 31, 2017. This is a worse performance compared to N2.29bn reported in the corresponding period of 2016, according the firm's financial statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday.. For the full-year 2017 period, the [] 

Tue, 27 Mar 2018
Azuka Onwuka When the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were returned last week by Boko Haram terrorists, a new story developed from the kidnap saga. Excluding the five dead girls that did not make it back, only one girl named Leah Sharibu was not brought back by the terrorists. The reason given was that she refused to [] 
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